To promote CALABARZON and investments and exports in the region, the Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A will host the CALABARZON Investment Forum and B2B Meetings with the Canada Inbound Mission Delegates on February 17, 2018 in Lucena City.

The forum is part of the program of activities of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto (PCCT) Inbound Trade and Investment Mission to the Philippines, which is an offshoot of the Outbound Trade and Business Mission in Canada organized by the DTI 4-A, in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology CALABARZON, Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation Incorporated, and the local government of Alabat through the support of the DTI-Foreign Trade Services Corps Toronto last November 2017.

Among the investment opportunities presented in the said mission was the Philippine makapuno industry and agribusiness investment promotion in the Alabat island. PCCT has expressed serious interest in the program. Thus, they will be visiting the Philippines on February 10-17, 2018 together with other Canadian-based companies such as iAdverTUBE, Canada Business Connections, Blueprint Canada, Accubooks, Montephil, Inc., Boulevard, G&C Logistics, and the Federation of Filipino Canadian Associations of Quebec to pursue and finalize talks about the joint venture project and explore other business and investment opportunities.

The forum aims to encourage more investments and exports in CALABARZON and to promote local products and services to the North American market, especially in the food and non-food sector, business process outsourcing, custom brokerage, education, construction, and real estate business. The program will include discussions on turning Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs), technologies on makapuno processing, support program for the Alabat Island Economy, and the signing of the memorandum of agreement.

“We, in DTI, want to improve the economic conditions at the grassroot level targeting farmers and MSM enterprises, increase export of coconut products like makapuno not only to Canada but also to other parts of the world, promote organic production of an indigenous food product, and develop as part of a bigger industry development program,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.

Toledo added that they also want to promote Philippine brands in consonance with the 7Ms (mindset change, mastery, mentoring, money, machine, market access, and models of business) of entrepreneurship being advocated by DTI.

The expected attendees will be from the national government agencies, local government units, Chambers of Commerce, micro, small, and medium enterprises, and the CEOs/Managers of Canadian-based companies.♦

On the Forum on Trade & Investment Opportunities in the Philippines, co-organized by the Trade Office, Philippine Consulate General-Toronto and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines held on October 23, 2017, at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Toon City Academy and Seneca College was signed. The MOU confirms the cooperation between the two institutions which seeks to widen the career opportunities of animators and create possibilities for professional exchange of staff expertise.

 MOU of Toon City and Seneca College
Photo by: Bin Kon Loo, Filipiniana News, Toronto. In photo: (Seated, L-R) Mr. David Agnew, President, Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Mr. Rene de Guzman, VP, Resources Development, Tooncity Academy, Philippines. Witnessing the signing are: (Standing, L-R) Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotion Group, Ms. Nora K. Terrado, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines and The Honourable Minister Michael Chan, Ministry of International Trade, Ontario.

As part of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s trade and investment outreach, a Breakfast Forum entitled “Trade and Investment Opportunities in the Philippines” will be held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 26, 2017. The Event is made possible with the cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver.

The program will be opened by Philippine Consul General to Vancouver Neil Frank Ferrer and will be keynoted by Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia, Philippine Ambassador to Canada. Special guests from various Canadian sectors led by Aquilini Renewable Energy Ltd. and Corinthian Distributors Ltd. will share their experience in doing business in the Philippines. Senior Trade Commissioner Maria Roseni M. Alvero will deliver the presentation in behalf of the DTI. The Forum will also present an opportunity for one-on-one meetings for the attendees. Read more

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry is pleased to announce the assignment of Ms. Maria Roseni M. Alvero as Senior Trade Commissioner to Canada.

Ms. Alvero brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and integrity to this position. She has more than thirty years in the service of the Philippine Government, serving in various capacities in the Department of Trade and Industry in the fields of economic research, industry and trade policy, export marketing and investment promotion, and bilateral and multilateral government to government relations.

In pursuance to the commitment of the Philippines to deepen its economic relations with Canada, Senior Trade Commissioner Alvero is spearheading the re-opening of the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) – Toronto. Read more

Eight (8) Canadian companies were set to visit the Philippines to attend the 11th edition of the International Food and Exhibit (IFEX) Philippines organized by Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Center for International Trade Exhibition and Missions (CITEM) on May 19 to 21, 2017 at the World Trade Center and Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

Coined as the 1st Canadian Food Buying Mission to the Philippines, the mission is organized by the newly opened Trade Section of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in Canada. Read more

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